CONVERSATIONS WITH… A Fertility Expert

Ladies and gentlemen, if you have nagging questions about your fertility, Dr Kelly Loi is your go to!

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An infertile couple is usually one step closer to realising their dreams of starting a family when they consult Dr Kelly Loi.

Her interest in fertility matters started as she wanted to find a way to preserve the eggs ― by freezing them ― of young women battling cancer in Singapore. For the past 17 years, this Oxford University Medical School-trained gynaecologist cum fertility expert has made it her life’s work to give even the most desperate patients a glimmer of hope of conceiving. 

“There have been a few cases where the patient was told that she hasn’t much chance ― but my view is that as long as you’re not past menopause, there is still a chance,” notes Dr Loi. 

Today, she uses her female health and fertility expertise to ensure that women of all ages get the best medical treatment available using state-of-the-art facilities.

Her clinic at Paragon Medical Centre offers a holistic range of services that address gynae and health issues, fibroids, cysts, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, contraception, urinary incontinence, menopause and sexual health. She also performs Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI) and In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).  

“Right after I deliver a baby, there’s always a sense that life is miraculous and it is gratifying to know that I have helped to play a part in bringing this life to the world.”

A mum to three kids aged 7, 12, and 14, Dr Loi notes that every new life she helps to create and welcome safely into the world feels like a great achievement. “Right after I deliver a baby, there’s always a sense that life is miraculous and it is gratifying to know that I have helped to play a part in bringing this life to the world.” 

Why specialise in fertility?

Fertility is a unique field where basic science research, laboratory expertise and clinical care are all closely interlinked. At the scientific level, I enjoy being able to work closely with the laboratory and to be able to apply scientific findings directly for the benefit of the patient. At the clinical level, it is gratifying to be able to help a sub-fertile couple conceive. 

What is a typical work day like for you?

A typical day normally starts with morning ward rounds where I see my patients who have been admitted following deliveries or surgeries. This is followed by clinic appointments from around 9am to 6pm. In between, I may be called to attend deliveries or surgeries. Some are scheduled whilst others may be emergencies. In the evening at the end of the clinic sessions, I go through investigation results and write up medical reports. I then do an evening round to see patients in the ward before going home.

Every job comes with its own challenges ― what are Dr Loi’s? Read on to find out!